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In 2017, on Friday 23 June, during the Puaka Matariki KUMA hui, the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Business runner up Award was presented to Awarua Synergy

Background

Suzanne Spencer was a mentor, advisor, supporter, advocate, and tireless supporter of numerous businesses and business people in the Māori community in Otago and Southland.  Working for Te Puni Kōkiri, Suzanne used her extensive network across the country to establish and organise what became the Māori Business Network, Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru, or KUMA.  

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Making the move to cleaner home heating will become easier for Gore residents from today, with the start of the Clean Air Loans Gore Scheme.

 

Gore residents who live within the designated airshed will be able to apply for an interest free loan of up to $5,000 to install approved clean heating options and insulate their homes.

 

Environment Southland has committed $140,000 per year for the next three years for the heating scheme and the Gore District Council has set aside $50,000 for a loan pilot scheme to provide insulation.

 

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Our team in partnership with Southland Chamber of Commerce hosted a Landlord event at Transport World on Thursday 2 February 2017.

The event covered all relevant topics pertaining to the new insulation rules for Landlords.

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We had over 100 people attend, with a great line up of speakers.  Big thanks to the Southland Chamber of Commerce Janice & Miriam for hosting this event, our guest speakers  Debbie McKenzie from Ray White talking about... read more

The Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award is Pride Property Management.

Southland Warm Homes Trust Chairman, Jim Hargest said the team at Pride Property Management displayed a strong level of support to both tenants and landlords encouraging energy efficiency ideas and insulation improvements to rental properties in Southland during the year.  These improvements helping to make a healthier living environment for many tenants.

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Gore residents may be able to access an interest free loan scheme to install cleaning heating options.

The Gore District Council’s finance and policy committee this week recommended the Council administers Environment Southland’s clean air loan scheme free of charge. It also asked for a report into the potential for a low interest loan scheme to assist with installing insulation.

Environment Southland has set aside $140,000 a year to help Gore residents replace their non-compliant burners or open fires with approved burners and heat pumps to meet the requirements of the... read more

The government has announced it will be strengthening new residential tenancy laws.  The government want to see every NZ rental property insulated within four years.

Housing Minister Nick Smith announced plans to strengthen residential tenancy laws, including requirements for landlords to provide smoke alarms and insulation, and to declare the standard of insulation on tenancy agreements.

Our team is very excited about the new announcement as we see plenty of tenants living in poor, cold, damp conditions and are reliant on the landlord to go ahead with insulation.... read more

Invercargill and Gore are now both in breach of the Government’s National Environment Standards for Air Quality (NES), despite being only two months into the winter monitoring period.

The standards set at an average daily limit of 50 micrograms/m3 for the pollutant PM10 and allow for one exceedance per year. The Government has set targets of a maximum of three exceedances for Invercargill and a maximum of one exceedance for Gore by 1 September 2016.

Invercargill recorded its sixth exceedance on Friday 1 July of 56 micrograms/m3, while Gore registered its third on Thursday... read more

The next part of the long term Marae Energy Efficiency plan progress is underway, just this week the team at Awarua Synergy have installed a small scale Wind Turbine at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff, Southland, over the next few weeks the electrical work will be completed.  The small scale turbine is part of a larger energy efficient plan that started a few years back, the initial plan started with insulation, then replacing old fan heaters with heat pumps, replacing lighting with LEDs, solar PV, and now part installation of the wind turbine is being... read more

Making the move to cleaner home heating will become easier for Invercargill residents from today, with the start of the Clean Air Loans Invercargill Scheme.  The low interest loans scheme was launched at a ceremony at the Invercargill Fire Station today.

 

Loans will be available to homeowners within the Invercargill airshed who want to upgrade to approved burners or heat pumps and/or improve their insulation.  The scheme is jointly funded by Environment Southland and the Invercargill City Council, which have allocated $500,000 each per year for the next... read more

Our team are excited to be attend the Waimumu Southern Field Days this year, we are offering free mini consults on site, Do you want to minimise your power bill? Go and visit the team for a mini consult.

 

Tell us what type of home you have, is it a Villa, Bungalow, Art Deco.......... our team will ask a couple of questions, leading to a free mini consult on the spot. Our qualified expert team can recommend the best solution to any heating or high power bill situation. If you want to know more about how you can reduce electricity on your farm our team can... read more

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